1) the act of convicting
2) the state of being convinced: strong belief
One of my favorite authors, Oswald Chambers, said, "It is easy to be determined, and the curious thing is that the more small-minded a man is the more easily he makes up his mind. ..... The difference between an obstinate man and a strong-minded man lies just here: an obstinate man refuses to use his intelligence when a matter is in dispute, while a strong-minded man makes his decision after having deliberately looked at it from all standpoints, and when opposed, he is willing to give reasons for his decision."
I have had many strong convictions and beliefs. I have been a person of strong opinions and never afraid to share them. And I've lived long enough to see many of them shot down and left to die a slow, tortuous death.
I have learned that there are very, very few real convictions that are worth more than relationships.
We should chose our convictions very carefully.
and the hill we chose to die on.
Or in the end we can be become a convict of our convictions.